Lakeside DFW developer has sights set on similar mixed-use development in Keller

Center Stage in Keller is planned to have retail, office space, restaurants with patios, a community lawn and a music stage.

Center Stage in Keller is planned to have retail, office space, restaurants with patios, a community lawn and a music stage.

A 38-acre, mixed-use development called Center Stage in Keller could bring retail, dining, entertainment and multi-family housing along Highway 377. 

Realty Capital, the developer that brought the 150-acre community center Lakeside DFW to Flower Mound, submitted a zoning proposal to the city of Keller earlier this month.

“It’s the only one of its kind in Keller,” said AJ Glass, Realty Capital development associate. “Something that’s unique is being on 377. There hasn’t been a ton of new commercial, mixed-use development in that area.” 

Plans for Center Stage in Keller include a community lawn space with a music stage along with two or three restaurants with patios overlooking the stage-- similar to Lakeside DFW, Glass said. The development looks to have single- and multi-family housing, office space and retail. 

Over the last two months, Realty Capital has spoken with residents in nearby communities such as the Marshall Ridge, Marshall Point and Harmonson Farms neighborhoods, Glass said. Last week, Realty Capital took a group of these residents on a tour of Lakeside DFW to show what Center Stage in Keller could be.

Realty Capital’s proposal to the city took resident concerns and needs into account-- which Glass said asked for an environment where restaurants could succeed. 

“A lot of what Keller residents have seen that’s lacking in the community is restaurants and places to go out and dine with your family with an outdoor patio,” he said. “You have to go to Roanoke or Southlake to get that.”

The development will span over 38-acres.[/caption]

Among resident feedback were concerns about traffic, Glass said. 

“We wouldn’t be moving forward if we weren't confident we could create a plan that could correctly filter traffic and handle the type of capacity that would be needed for these uses,” Glass said. 

Concerns over multi-family housing for this development became a talking point for two Marshall Ridge and Marshall Point residents at Keller City Council meeting Sept. 17. 

“We have limited entrances and exits leaving the Marshall Point, Marshall Ridge community,” resident David Tashman said at the meeting. “It will be even more impacted.” 

Marshall Ridge resident Tim Stapula expressed concern for added multi-family housing. Stapula recently moved from Chicago, Illinois, to Keller. 

“I’ve seen what happens to the nice apartments from my nice neighborhood in Chicago,” Stapula said at the meeting. “That’s why we moved.” 

Stapula said multi-family housing in this development will result in occupants who are not invested in the community, overpopulation and rundown apartments. He said occupants will likely be unable to sustain nearby, high-end businesses. 

“This is doomed to fail,” Stapula said.

At the meeting, Tashman said he heard 500 to 600 apartments were planned for the development.  

The exact number of multi-family units is still unclear, said Richard Myers, Realty Capital managing partner. But 500 to 600 units is not out of the question, he said. 

Single-family and loft apartments are planned for the development, Myers said.

If the zoning proposal is approved by the city, Glass said construction could begin in 2020. 
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


MOST RECENT

The business opened in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center 16 years ago. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact)
ROUNDUP: How DFW businesses are faring amid COVID-19

Here are 10 recent updates on the metroplex business and restaurant community, with stories on new businesses opening, old businesses struggling, owners making innovations and more.

Census population estimates show growth in Fort Worth and Roanoke, decline in Keller in 2019. (Katherine Borey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Census population estimates show growth in Fort Worth and Roanoke, decline in Keller in 2019

The city of Keller’s population increased roughly 18.5% from 2010-2017 but has begun to level off in recent years.

In April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that independent, freestanding ERs in Texas and several other states can be recognized health care providers eligible for reimbursement for treating Medicaid and Medicare patients during the coronavirus pandemic. (Cherry He/Community Impact Newspaper)
Freestanding ERs in Texas can now care for Medicaid, Medicare patients during pandemic

In April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that independent, freestanding ERs in Texas and several other states can be recognized health care providers eligible for reimbursement for treating Medicaid and Medicare patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for the Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth-area. (Community Impact staff)
Coronavirus Latest: Tarrant County confirms 96 new cases; 30th death occurs in Denton County

Tarrant County officials have reported 96 new cases of novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

Mimi Conner (right) unloads food from her car after picking up nonperishable foods from the North Texas Food Bank and purchasing foods from Aldi, with help from volunteer Michelle Leavitt. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
North Texas Food Bank says new donation will provide 300,000 meals for residents in need

The North Texas Food Bank received a $100,000 donation from online retailer Amazon as the nonprofit continues to provide meals for residents in need.

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, city offices will be closed in Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth on May 25. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
City facilities closed for Memorial Day in Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, city offices will be closed in Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth on May 25.

The state-run testing program is expected to return to other areas of Collin County on a rotating basis every two weeks, according to a May 14 release from Collin County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Expanded testing, population growth in Frisco and 3 other DFW-area stories

Here are five recent updates from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, on a butcher shop in Keller, expanded COVID-19 testing in Collin County and more.

texas-reopening
LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits.

The testing sites use self-swab tests for those who meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria. (Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)
New CVS drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations announced across Dallas-Fort Worth area, state

CVS Health is opening 44 new COVID-19 test sites at drive-thru locations across Texas, including a number of locations in the DFW area, according to a May 21 announcement by Gov. Greg Abbott.

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers are to be tested for coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas to test all state hospitals, supported living centers for COVID-19

All patients, residents and staff at Texas' 23 state hospitals and supported living centers will be tested for coronavirus regardless of symptoms or exposure.

As a precaution, Discovery Senior Living announced May 4 it has begun a national program of targeted COVID-19 testing. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Discovery Senior Living in Northeast Fort Worth testing residents, staff for COVID-19

As a precaution, Discovery Senior Living announced May 4 it has begun a national program of targeted COVID-19 testing.

MARKET DATA: New listings, homes under contract decrease in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth

Data from the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors indicates a significant decrease in new home listings and homes under contract from April 2019 to April 2020.